Some of the highest rainfall totals in western Scotland have been recorded over the past three days at Western Isles weather stations maintained by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
This morning (Friday 8 October) SEPA issued a flood warning covering the whole of the Western Isles, with heavy rain set to continue.
The deluges of the past week have seen the islands return to normal conditions on SEPA’s latest water scarcity chart, published yesterday (Thursday 7 October).
The 36-hour total rainfall to 7am today (Friday) showed Laxdale as the wettest place in the islands, with 49.8mm of rain falling in the preceding day and a half.
Also logging high totals in that period were Creed Bridge in Stornoway and measurement sites in Uig and South Uist, all of which measured around 22mm of rainfall over the period.
And in the 12 hours overnight on Wednesday 6 into Thursday 7, six of the top ten wettest places in the west were in the islands, with Creed Bridge, Laxdale and Mill Croft in South Uist all recording high rainfall.
The wet weather is good news for water supplies going into the winter months, following an exceptionally dry summer this year.
At the end of August Stornoway’s Eddie ‘weather’ Graham reported that the figures showed June, July and August 2021 as the driest period in the town’s history, since at least 1880.
SEPA’s latest statement said: “Due to recent rainfall, there has been significant improvement in river levels across most of Scotland. More rain is forecast over the next few days and further recovery is expected next week.”
Today’s warning adds: “Heavy rain is forecast to affect the Western Isles from Friday evening overnight into Saturday morning. This could cause localised flooding from rivers and small watercourses, particularly of low-lying land and roads.
“Surface water could also cause disruption to local travel, particularly in known trouble spots. There could be difficult driving conditions and longer journey times.”
Picture shows the River Creed in full spate during a wet September this year.
(This article has been updated with a flood warning for tonight and tomorrow since first being published)